The Olympic flame lighting ceremony in Greece on Thursday was held without spectators, and the torch relay was suspended Friday morning after larger crowds than expected turned up to watch.
Major League Baseball postponed the start of its regular season, scheduled for March 26, by at least two weeks and canceled all remaining spring training games.
Japan has postponed the start of its baseball season, scheduled for March 20, until April.
The Boston Marathon, a spring staple on the sports calendar, will instead be held on Sept. 14. The New York City Half Marathon, scheduled for Sunday, has been canceled. The London Marathon was delayed until October. The Paris and Barcelona Marathons have also been delayed until October. The Rome Marathon on March 29 has been canceled.
The World Figure Skating Championships in Montreal, scheduled to run March 18 to 22, have been canceled. The event was expected to feature about 200 skaters from more than 50 countries.
The women’s world ice hockey championship, to be played in Canada beginning March 31, has been canceled. The Alpine World Cup finals, scheduled to begin March 18 in Italy, have been canceled. The last three races of the women’s skiing World Cup, to be held in Sweden, were canceled.
The Indian Premier League, the richest league in the world, in a country where cricket’s popularity is off the charts, postponed the start of its season until April 15.
England called off its tour of Sri Lanka, which had already begun with exhibition matches. “These are completely unprecedented times, and decisions like this go beyond cricket,” the English Cricket Board said in a statement. South Africa and India canceled international games as well.
Bill Pennington contributed reporting.